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The Place Beyond the Pines (2013)
Art House / Crime / Drama / Movie Review

The Place Beyond the Pines (2013)

The Place Beyond the Pines nearly approaches remarkable. It is a rather dark examination of the trials accompanying fatherhood, duty, morality, and a most basic human function: choice. The film swells with director Derek Cianfrance’s voice. We felt in his breakthrough Blue Valentine (2010) the grim havoc he could wreak. Here, in his second major effort, his preoccupations with … Continue reading

BEST OF 2012: Music
2012 / Best Of

BEST OF 2012: Music

I love film scores. The atmosphere, the thrill, the crescendo, the quiet, and everything around and between. The great accompaniments do more than capture the mood or tone of a film. The best scores breathe in all the film’s elements and exhale the its essence. A good soundtrack is a symphony of dynamics–of love, excitement, … Continue reading